HOW IMPORTANT IS OFF-ROADING TO YOU?
If Glamis and Johnson Valley, and Dumont and Ocotillo Wells (pick your favorite OHV spot) closed would you care? Does the amount of money you have invested in OHV toys, trailers and RV’s really mean anything to you? Would you just…give it all away? You certainly couldn’t sell it. With no riding areas, the stuff would be worthless.
Don’t think it will happen? Guess again. Remember Rice Dunes? How about Kelso Dunes? How about Stoddard Valley? White Water? Ring any bells?
If you’re not scared, you should be. What do you know about Microbembex elegans and Stictiella villegasi (they are bees)? And how about Prasinalia imperialis and Agrilus harenus? (They are beetles.) How about the Flat Tailed Horned Lizard? The bugs were just (4) of (16) insects that the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) would like to see listed as Endangered at Glamis, and using that, to close Imperial Sand Dunes down completely. The Lizard is part of that crowd. The CBD is working hard to get those and other species listed to be used to close riding areas. Those are just the tip of the iceberg.
Quote from the CBD website:
“Off-road vehicles have become a leading threat to the ecological integrity of many of our country’s most biologically rich public lands. The Center is working diligently to protect these valuable areas.”
Just how diligently is the CBD working? They have a staff of over 100. Their legal staff has 32 members. Twenty seven of them are attorneys. They have net assets of over 13 MILLION dollars. Yes. Count that again 13 MILLION!
The Dumont Dunes Subgroup to the Desert Advisory Council (DAC) has scheduled a public meeting for Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Barstow Field Office, 2601 Barstow Rd, Barstow, Calif. 92311 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The meeting will provide the public an opportunity to participate in subgroup discussions related to BLM management of the Dumont Dunes Recreation Area. The Dumont Dunes Subgroup discussions and public involvement assists the BLM in managing the recreation area.
The Dumont Dunes Subgroup operates under the authority of the DAC and provides input to the BLM regarding issues pertinent to the Dumont Dunes. The Subgroup complies with federal regulations and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which governs such arrangements, and is comprised of individuals who represent:
- California OHV interests
- Nevada OHV interests
- OHV organizations
- San Bernardino County
- Biological/science issues
- Local communities
If unable to attend, individuals are encouraged to submit comments to Katrina Symons, BLM's Barstow Field Office Manager, at the address listed above or participate via a call-in line at: 888-769-9414; passcode: 59812. The latest news regarding the Dumont Dunes is also always available at: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/barstow/dumont.html.
Court rules against Oceano SVRA dust rule
After three years of litigation challenging the Oceano Dunes “dust rule,” the 2nd Appellate Court in Ventura ruled Monday that the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) does not have the power to regulate air emissions at state parks through the permit process.
Encourage Your Representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 999
OHV Leaders traveled to our nation's Capital last month to testify in front of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROV) also known as side by sides. Nicole Nicholas Gilles the Executive Director of the American Sand Association and Charla Teeters-Stewart the Executive Director of the United Desert Gateway presented their oral comments before the five Presidentially appointed Commissioners on January 7th. The issue at hand concerns the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) the Commission issued supporting a standard that claims to reduce risk of injury associated with ROVs and make them operate more like on-highway vehicles.